What is Holland-Cycling.com?
Cycling on the dyke. Photo © Holland-Cycling.com
Holland-Cycling.com is the first comprehensive English-language internet guide to cycling in Holland. It is aimed at tourists and expats from all over the world who want to find out more about the unique Dutch cycling culture. The people behind Holland-Cycling.com - themselves enthusiastic cyclists - hope to inspire more people to explore Holland the Dutch way: by bike.
The site offers:
- Information on how to plan your trip
- Tips & info for cycling in Holland
- Unique cycle routes in English
- Cycling holidays
- An insider’s view on the Dutch and their bikes
Cycle routes in English
Holland-Cycling.com offers day trips targeted at cyclists from abroad, in English. The routes combine touristic highlights with other places of cultural, historical, natural or seasonal interest which often don’t feature in regular guide books. Make sure you check out this section regularly, as there are many more routes to come!
Photos are an integral part of the site, as one picture says more than a thousand words. In fact, Holland-Cycling.com started off as an excuse for the makers to go out more on their bikes and take lots of photos. The many photos on the site give a taste of what cycling in Holland is really like.
Reviews and Blog
The Reviews section is all about helping cyclists from abroad make a choice that’s right for them. For example: How suitable is a cycle route or map for cyclists from abroad? The Blog focuses on the ‘nice to knows’, which may be anything from Dutch cycling news to the Dutch cycling culture. We like topics that make us smile about ourselves and our cycling culture! Holland-Cycling.com went online in October 2013 and since then there have been many positive reactions.
The people behind Holland-Cycling.com
Holland-Cycling.com is made by experienced cyclists who know the ins and outs of cycling in Holland. They go out on their bike as much as possible to take photos, discover new routes and talk to other cyclists to hear what they have to say. The website is the result of this.
Hilary Staples is the editor of this site. She was born in the UK, but moved to Holland with her parents and her tricycle at a young age. Here she soon progressed to her first ‘big bicycle’ with training wheels! After cycling back and forth to school for many years, Hilary was up for something more adventurous. So after school she started exploring the area by bicycle.
Hilary's first cycling holiday to the Wadden Island of Texel left a lasting impression. That sense of exhilaration and freedom when reaching the other end of Holland all by yourself. Battling against the wind in the open polders. Not giving up. It was the first of many an enjoyable cycling holidays in Holland and abroad. Cycling abroad made Hilary realise how lucky the Dutch are to have so many fantastic cycling opportunities literally on their doorstep. How could she have taken something so unique for granted? She hopes to pass her enthusiasm on to you through this website.
Steven Staples is the webmaster of this site. He is 100% Dutch. Like so many Dutch children, Steven was taken on his first cycle rides by his parents. Later he explored most of the country by bicycle on family holidays. Nowadays the bicycle is his everyday means of transport. Steven is a keen photographer. Whenever he can lay his hands on the camera, he also takes photos for this site.
Publicity photos and material
The following photos and material may be used in reviews of Holland-Cycling.com, or to link to our site:
Cycling along the dyke near Uitdam on the Zuiderzee Cycle Route» Large (3621x1508 pixels, 3.8MB, jpg)
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Cycling through the Koppelpoort (city gate) in Amersfoort» Large (3648x1520 pixels, 5.7MB, jpg)
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Cycling on the dyke» Large (3648x1520 pixels, 4.7MB, jpg)
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Commuting the Dutch way: by bike» Large (3648x1520 pixels, 4.7MB, jpg)
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Holland-Cycling.com logo» Large (840x840 pixels, 48kB, png)
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Holland-Cycling.com banner» Large (4250x665 pixels, 155kB, png)
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Hilary Staples» Large (1539x1539 pixels, 1.75MB, jpg)
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Steven Staples» Large (1539x1539 pixels, 1.09MB, jpg)
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